Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...
Baalim and her lovers (Hosea 2:13) signify those things which belong to the natural man, and are loved; such as the lusts and falsities thence...
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.
To kiss' signifies uniting or conjunction from affection. To kiss,' as in c, signifies initiation. 'To kiss' signifies conjunction and acknowledgment.
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...
Dew, in Deut. 32:2 signifies the multiplication of truth from good, and the fructification of good by truth.
The floor, as in Matthew 3:12, signifies the world of spirits which is between heaven and hell, and where the separation of evils and falsities...
Chaff is mentioned in Matthew 3:12 signifies falsity of every kind, derived from an infernal origin.
'Smoke' signifies divine truth in extremes, because 'fire' which gives off smoke, signifies love. 'Smoke' also signifies the same thing as 'cloud' in many places....
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...
The Lord from the essential divine, through the divine human, is the savior. The Lord became the savior by His spiritual temptations, or combats.
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
To forget, in the internal sense, signifies nothing else but removal and apparent privation.
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.
'A leopard,' being a crafty and insidious animal, particularly represents people who confirm faith separate from good works. 'A leopard' signifies the affection or lust...
Bears represent the power of the literal external stories and ideas of Bible, separate from their deeper meanings. Since they are wild carnivores, this is...
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...
To beget or to be begotten is very similar in meaning to birth: It represents one spiritual state leading to the next spiritual state. "Beget,"...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.
'Rebel,' as in Genesis 14:4, relates to evils pertaining to a person, or to evil spirits, when they begin to arise and infest, after they...